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Lawmakers Take On Lobbyists (on the Ice)

Annual event benefits D.C. hockey rink



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    URBANDALE, IA - NOVEMBER 15: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) laces up his skates at the Metro Ice Sports Arena November 15, 2003 in Urbandale, Iowa. Kerry played for two periods with the Des Moines Firefighters team and scored a goal. Kerry is scheduled to speak later this evening at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, which will be attended by six presidential candidates and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). (Photo by Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)

    They will not give the Capitals a run for their money, but some local hockey players will grab their sticks and skates for an annual competition on the ice. 

    The catch: some of these players are lobbyists and others are lawmakers.

    It’s the 2010 Congressional Hockey Challenge. The game takes place March 9, and money raised benefits the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club.  Hopefully some of the well-paid lobbyists and lawmakers will also think about giving some cash to the rink, which could be forced to close temporarily this summer if it can't come up with $250,000 to cover a budget gap.
    According to Politico, Sen. John Kerry leads the lawmakers’ team, but they may have an ace in the hole. Apparently, Rep. Mike Quigley is no stranger to the rink. He said he has had 300 stitches due to hockey-related injuries.
    For more information, check out the event’s official Web site.